The ultimate summertime experience with Kneipp!

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I am in denial.  I have forbidden several people from reminding me that it’s almost the end of July. I was at breakfast at Cracker Barrel last weekend and I swear to you, I actually saw Halloween items on display. I covered my eyes and ran. I refuse to acknowledge that summer isn’t going to be here forever and instead I am drenching myself in every summertime scent I can get my greedy little hands on. Thankfully Kneipp® is happy to help me out with their ultimate summertime scents and warm weather wellness body products.

Kneipp Endless Summer Body Wash in Lime and Mint

Kneipp® has three new summer fresh fragrances for their beautiful Body Washes ($14) – I have Endless Summer, a beautifully clean combination of lime and mint that is really refreshing. The body wash is soap free and pH-balanced, with lots of natural plant oils that cleanse skin yet leave it feeling soft and hydrated. Which one of the new scents will keep you in a summertime mood?

  • Endless Summer: An energizing infusion of citrusy lime and revitalizing mint
  • Summer Mood: A juicy blend of summer-fresh watermelon and stimulating mint
  • Tropical Dream: An exotic, vacation-evoking mixture of mouthwatering mango and sweet starfruit

Kneipp Shower Foam in Relaxing Lavender

Kneipp Shower Foam in Relaxing Lavender

Kneipp Shower Foam in Relaxing Lavender

For more summertime fun, how about some Kneipp® Shower Foam ($16)?  This is even more entertaining than it looks! Mine is a lovely Lavender scent but it comes in many other beautiful fragrances including Orange Blossom & Jojoba, White Hibiscus & Shea Butter, and one specifically for men – Cedar & Jojoba. This creamy foam is full of essential oils and is in the dictionary under ‘good clean fun’.

Kneipp Body Oil in Almond Blossom

I honestly can’t rave enough about the Kneipp® Body Oil in Almond Blossom ($22). It smells incredible…soft and sweet and wonderful, yet not so feminine that your guy is going to balk at giving or receiving a massage using this oil. This argan and sunflower based oil has lots of vitamin A and E so it is fantastic for skin, and wow does it makes for fantastic massages! It’s also perfect in hot summer months instead of heavy lotion. Use this right after showering for a light, fabulous scent and super hydrated skin that isn’t oily or greasy. You can put clothing on immediately after applying. It’s also wonderful as a bath oil!

Kneipp Hand Cream in Spring Awakening

Kneipp Hand Cream in Spring Awakening

Right now the Kneipp® Lady’s Mock & Shea Butter Hand Cream in Spring Awakening is on sale (40% off!!) online for just $6 (regularly $10) so be sure to stock up!! You can find it right HERE. This is an excellent hand cream. Thick, rich, and super hydrating. It’s a tube of goodness that you will always want at your side, especially if you love to garden and work in the yard in the summer. Spring Awakening is a floral scent with shea butter, almond butter, mayflower and magnolia, sweet and summer perfect.

Kneipp® products aren’t just summer perfect, they are dermatologist tested, vegan, and free of preservatives, paraffins, silicons, and mineral oils. Keep your summer in full swing with beautiful body products from Kneipp® ! – Lisa

Smells so good! Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya body products

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Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya body products

Smelling fantastic from head to toe thanks to products that are environmentally responsible, animal-friendly, and free of all the bad stuff like synthetics and sulfates is as easy as taking a quick trip to Whole Foods or the Vitamin Shoppe (or even just surfing the web). Your quick trip will bring you to this amazing line, Nubian Heritage. I was initially intrigued because they have a full line of Coconut & Papaya products and when it comes to coconut…well, I’m kind of easy. Actually, Nubian Heritage has 15 different collections, from Abyssinian Oil & Chia Seed to Ivorian Cocoa & Hazelnut. Their body products take care of you from head to toe, but before I tell you about those here’s a little more background on the company.

Nubian Heritage first started in Harlem 25 years ago. Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman were college roommates and they wanted to make products using traditional African recipes with fair trade, organic ingredients. In fact, “they were inspired by the legacy of ancient Nubia, which was once a center of cultural trade – a place where goods, ideas, and customs from across Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East were exchanged and spread across the world. The street vendors brought together global healing practices, cultural wisdom and indigenous ingredients to create modern wellness solutions that were highly sought after.”

The product range available at Nubian Heritage is incredible and I am just blown away at the quality of every product I tested. Everything is wonderful, and the prices are fabulously affordable.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion ($13): Wow, this smells sooo good!! The Body Lotion is a light, creamy lotion packed full of great ingredients:  coconut oil, papaya extract, shea butter, aloe vera, and vitamin E. The papaya extract has papain enzymes, which act as a gentle exfoliator, making skin even smoother and softer. Skin is super hydrated and feels fabulous. The bottle is big and $13 is a great price – a little goes a long way so it’s a nice value, especially for an environmentally conscious company.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Wash

Coconut & Papaya Body Wash ($13): The Body Wash smells just as delicious as the Body Lotion and I love showering up with it. It’s a very gentle cleanser but I definitely feel clean afterward, even after a grueling, sweaty workout. Ingredients include lots of hydration for skin, including coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, and papaya.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant

Coconut & Papaya 24 Hour Deodorant ($9):  This is a glycerin/silica/cornstarch based deodorant that stands out for me because it smells so darn good. I am really crazy about this scent! The fact that it also has coconut oil and doesn’t flake or give underarms a white cast is a plus, too.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream

Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream ($10): The Hand Cream is much thicker than the Body Lotion, so thick it takes some effort to squeeze it out of the tube. The scent, again, is to die for…juicy papaya and deep, rich coconut. This is what you want to slather on dry elbows, scaly knees, and frayed cuticles.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub

Coconut & Papaya Body Cleansing Smoothie (formerly Hand & Body Scrub – $12): Nubian Heritage recently went through some repackaging and I believe they changed the name of this skin exfoliator. Ingredients include coconut oil, papaya, organic shea butter, and vanilla extract. You can use this on your body in the shower to soften rough areas or for an all-over exfoliation. I like to leave it right by the sink and use it on my hands and cuticles. My hands feel totally incredible afterward.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs ($15): These effervescent bath bombs really are the bomb! They are made with coconut oil and papaya extract, so like the other products in this line they subtly exfoliate and create glowy skin while also hydrating like crazy. Why not get that lovely skin treatment while relaxing in warm bath water? Aaahhhh….sounds great to me!!

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap

Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap ($5)  This lovely big bar of soap is just wonderful – it has that great coconut and papaya scent, and the soap is full of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. It’s exactly what you want next to the sink so you can relax for that one moment when washing your hands, transported to somewhere tropical and fabulous.

Nubian Heritage has literally hundreds of culturally authentic natural products that are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, DEA, silicones, mineral oil, petroleum, synthetic fragrance and artificial color, and never tested on animals.  You can find them online at NubianHeritage.com or at the Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods and other fine retailers.  – Lisa

Softsoap Limited Edition Body Wash giveaway

Softsoap Blushing Bouquet Moisturizing Body Wash

Softsoap Blushing Bouquet Moisturizing Body Wash

My shower has become an oasis in my house. I’ve done a complete turnaround when it comes to using body washes and now welcome them instead of being afraid of them! That means I get to recommend the two new Softsoap Limited Edition Moisturizing Body Washes that I was sent and have been enjoying myself.

Softsoap Limited Edition Moisturizing Body Wash

Softsoap Limited Edition Moisturizing Body Wash

Softsoap came out with these two new fragrances just for summer. As a matter of fact they’ll only be available until September 2017 at Walmart. That means you need to hurry and pick some up.

Softsoap Eternal Bloom Body Wash

Softsoap Eternal Bloom Body Wash

My personal favorite is Eternal Bloom since it’s a Pear and Apple fragrance which I find delicious to experience.

Softsoap Blushing Bouquet Body Wash

Softsoap Blushing Bouquet Body Wash

Softsoap Blushing Bouquet Body Wash has what they call a May Blossom fragrance so if you love spring flowers you’re going to go wild with this one.

Both body washes are moisturizing and have lovely suds. You’ll feel revitalized when you emerge from your Softsoap shower, enough that you might not even regret Monday mornings!  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Softsoap was kind enough to offer a giveaway for 3 US Beauty Info Zone subscribers to win both of these Limited Edition Body Washes. The giveaway is open through 6/18 @11:59 p.m. EST. The two requirements we have are to subscribe by email and comment; anything after that gives you more chances to win.

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Feeling fresh with Farmhouse Fresh Body Wash!

Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road Body Wash

Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road Body Wash

I have been in love with Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Creams forever and now three of their best-selling scents are available in Body Wash ($18)! First, let’s talk scents. There’s Fluffy Bunny, which is a southern mint julep with a hint of lavender; Pink Moon, which is spun sugar with licorice blossom; and Rainbow Road, the one I was sent to test, which is white Bartlett pear with coconut. (I adore Rainbow Road so much I have a beautiful Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road Shea Butter Cream that I just keep repurchasing because it goes so well with my sink, ha!)

Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road on my sink!

Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road on my sink!

Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road Body Wash

Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road Body Wash

Layering scents is the best, so lathering up with Rainbow Road Body Wash in the shower or as a bubble bath then slathering up with Rainbow Road Body Lotion afterward is a heavenly experience.  The coconut base is rich and deep, and the fruity Bartlett pear is fresh and clean. Together it makes for an amazing scent that is great to catch a whiff of all day long.

Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road Body Wash

Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road Body Wash

Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road Body Wash

Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road Body Wash

Besides smelling terrific, the Body Wash has tons of skin loving ingredients, including aloe, vitamin E, chamomile, arnica Montana flower, and green tea. It lathers up nicely and leaves my skin feeling clean yet soft and hydrated, with the barest hint of scent…which I then always solidify by adding that extra layer of Farmhouse Fresh Body Lotion (or Body Oil…the Clementine Body Oil and Honey-Magnolia Body Oil are especially nice). The Body Wash is 95% natural, vegan, paraben and sulfate-free.  Great stuff!!

There isn’t one single product from Farmhouse Fresh that I haven’t developed an instant passion for – I mean, come on, this is the line that actually convinced my blog partner Marcia to try body products!!! The Body Washes are terrific and well worth checking out. You can find them in top destination spas, resorts, and retailers across the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, as well as online at farmhousefreshgoods.com.  – Lisa

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Need a yogurt infusion? Aveeno® introduces new products and we have a giveaway @AveenoUS

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash

AVEENO® has welcomed 2017 in a great way. The newest addition to the Aveeno® family will have you all warm and cozy. These new products are formulated not only with their Active Naturals Oatmeal but now they have nutrient rich yogurt added. These will make your dry skin feel even more moisturized.             pr samples

There are two body washes as well as two body creams. Imagine the warm soothing smell of vanilla and oats that will make you forget the winter winds, cold, and snow. Also imagine the delicious fragrance of apricot and honey to whisk you away to an oasis of peace. That’s what you’ll get when using these products.

Aveeno® Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt

Aveeno® Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt

AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING YOGURT BODY WASH

Aveeno® Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash in vanilla and oats

Aveeno® Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash in vanilla and oats

If you haven’t used Aveeno’s® Body Washes yet you don’t know what you are missing. They are always creamy and never leave your skin stripped. Yogurt Body Wash is formulated with a patented Natrasurf® technology created to gently cleanse without damaging your skin or leaving it feel dry.

The two fragrances are new to Aveeno® and are delicious. I’m particularly fond of (obsessed with) the Apricot and Honey one. I love the sweetness of this and how it makes my shower smell.

Aveeno® Yogurt in vanilla and oats

Aveeno® Yogurt in vanilla and oats

AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY YOGURT

Same two great fragrances that are available in their body creams.  These contain the essential vitamins, lactose, proteins, lactic acid and lipids found in yogurt. These products contain a new Activbind® Complex which help provide long lasting moisture that will leave you hydrated for 48 hours.

Aveeno® yogurt in apricot and honey

Aveeno® yogurt in apricot and honey

These delicious winter friendly bath and body items are priced as $7.49 (body wash) and $7.99 (body yogurt lotion) and can be easily found where Aveeno® is sold. You won’t want to miss this experience.  — Marcia

NOW FOR A GIVEAWAY: Aveeno® is kindly offering 2 sets of each fragrance to 2 Beauty Info US subscribers. That means 4 winners. All you have to do is decide whether Vanilla and Oats OR Apricot and Honey is the one you’d be most eager to win and follow the rules on our Rafflecopter. If I can’t find your subscription and your comment you’d be eliminated. If comments close before the giveaway ends on 2/22/17 at 11:59 pm EST then email me at [email protected] and label it Aveeno. Be sure you click the I commented button in the Rafflecopter or your entry won’t show up when I have Rafflecopter choose the winners.

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Beauty items to stock up on! Bargains for Meijer Fall Beauty Week

L'Oreal Root Cover Up and Yes to Carrots Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion

I have been loving Facebook lately because of all the awesome ‘back to school’ photos. I don’t care how old you are, there is something magical about this time of year…new beginnings, new friends, and even better – new beauty products! Fall is the perfect time to finish up the products you got for summer and replenish your stash. I’ve partnered with Meijer in anticipation of their Fall Beauty Week that starts September 11th and here are four items to stock up on that are worth the extra closet and drawer space.

Dove Men CareDove Deep Moisture Hydrating Body Wash

1.Body wash. I’ve been using Dove Body Wash forever, so I am happy to see that these will be on sale at Meijer during Fall Beauty Week. If the men in your life are like mine, they resist body wash in favor of bar soap…but I think the Dove Clean Comfort will change their minds. This is an excellent multi-purpose soap that works for body and face, and it has a refreshing outdoorsy scent that isn’t overwhelming.

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2. Toothpaste. We all need toothpaste and there are so many options out there (and so many on sale next week!), but I hope you will try my favorite, Colgate Optic White Platinum. I am totally stocking up on this – I prefer a paste over a gel, and this one makes teeth visibly whiter in just three days.Yes to Carrots Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion

3.  Body lotion. Lotion is a year round must-have and I know I panic when I don’t have back up bottles. I am loving the Yes to Coconut Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion because it seems perfect in every sort of weather – it’s light, so it feels great even in hot and sticky weather. It’s super hydrating, so it’s perfect for dry winter skin.  t’s also so nice to have a spray lotion, which makes application easy and convenient. This was even a 2014 Allure Best of Beauty Winner.

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4.  Root cover up. Gals who color their hair have a deep understanding of the nightmare that begins with the dreaded last spray of root cover up. I always have three bottles of this on hand…any less and I start to panic. The L’Oreal Root Cover Up is perfect for instantly touching up roots, and the money saved by stretching out time between hair appointments is incredible. Stock up while this is on sale!!

So many of my favorite items are on sale next week that I have a whole other post with skin care recommendations. These four items are the ones to buy multiples of for the upcoming winter – take advantage of the wonderful prices on these fantastic products during Fall Beauty Week at Meijer!  – Lisa

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Sweating with Orange Theory and getting clean with LaVanila The Healthy Body Wash 3-in-1 Sport Luxe

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I have been taking advantage of my extra time off this summer by concentrating on getting fit and healthy. Last June I discovered Orange Theory Fitness, which is a nation-wide gym based on the theory that keeping your heart rate at a particular level (the orange level) for at least 12 minutes in an hour results in an increased metabolic rate for the next 36 hours. That means less working out and more burning fat!

Orange Theory FitnessWhat I love most about the Orange Theory classes is they totally fly by. It’s interval training with three different types of stations – treadmill, rowing machines, and weights – and you don’t do anything for very long, which means it never get monotonous. Hey, I can do pretty much anything for 90 seconds! I also love the results. I’ve never slimmed down so fast. What I don’t particularly love is how I smell after a class. I walk out of there so sweaty it literally looks like I just got out of the shower…although it definitely doesn’t smell that way.

LaVanila The Healthy Body Wash 3 in 1 Sport LuxeOnce I get home I immediately jump in the shower and lather up with Lavanila Laboratories Healthy Sport Luxe Bodywash ($16), which is a sulfate-free body wash that was created specifically for tackling the sweat and oil that come from a really great workout. Ingredients include coconut oil infused with something called Smartsport Technology, which is gentle but still cleanses like crazy. It also has rosehip and aloe, making it a nice base for shaving.

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LaVanila The Healthy Body Wash 3 in 1 Sport LuxeThis sulfate-free body wash smells wonderfully fresh and clean in a unisex way – I guess the packaging suggests it’s marketed for women, but the men in your life will love it too.  The Healthy Sport Luxe Bodywash is part of the new ‘100% Healthy products made with love and without harsh chemicals’ from LaVanila. You won’t be reluctant to break a sweat with this terrific body wash!  – Lisa

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